Pervert who hid past facing jail: Paedophile breached licence by taking on new identity to woo partner
A serial sex offender who gave a fake name to his new girlfriend and claimed he had £8m in the bank faces up to five years in jail after he admitted breaching a court order.
Paedophile William James Paden (60) was due to be sentenced at Newtownards Crown Court yesterday but Judge Piers Grant adjourned the case until Wednesday so that further conditions to his lifelong sexual offences prevention order can be put in place.
He had previously heard that Paden, who was once the subject of a UK and Ireland-wide manhunt, had gone to ground when he was released from jail last November but that police investigations found him living with his a girlfriend and another woman who had twin daughters and a granddaughter who all shared the house in Kircubbin.
Prosecuting lawyer Sam Magee told the court how police enquiries revealed that Paden had given the woman a false name, failed to disclose his numerous convictions for sex offences and claimed he had £8m in a savings account, but that he could not access the cash.
He had been living at her address, which wasn’t the address he claimed to be living at when he registered on the sex offenders register, for around four months.
The court heard that despite being “livid and shocked at the deception”, the woman is “standing by” Paden.
Paden, from Ballyrainey Road in Ards, claimed he had not been living with her for as long as was alleged and denied making the claim about his savings.
But he did admit giving her a false name because “of the legacy which followed his real name”.
He did, however, later plead guilty to breaching the notification requirements of the sex offenders register on dates between November 18 last year and April 15 this year.
Previous courts have heard that Paden has been assessed as a “category two offender” who poses a “clear and identifiable” serious risk given his previous record, current attitude and “incapacity to change”.
In June 2010 police in Lancashire had to launch a UK and Ireland-wide appeal after Paden went on the run from an address in Blackpool. He was eventually arrested in Cavan, where he was jailed for four months after admitting the breach.
Paden has 19 sexual convictions dating back to 1974, including rape, indecent exposure, assault with intent to rape, indecent assault on a female child, using a telecommunications device to send abusive/indecent messages, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and breaching his sexual offences prevention order.
Making his plea in mitigation in this most recent case, defence lawyer Alan Blackburn said Paden had “already paid a price” by spending almost 150 days on remand and that the relationship “is perhaps his last chance in life of attaining a meaningful relationship”.
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